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Duncan Cameron, violin, percussion, whistles

At folk festivals and Celtic music venues, Cameron is well known for his strong vocals and remarkable instrumental abilities. He plays twelve instruments, including fiddle, whistles, and Irish bouzouki. He has toured solo and with numerous bands across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Between tours, he teaches his many instruments in Toronto. His debut solo album, The Whistling Thief, released in 2000, features both traditional music and his original songs and instrumentals. He is currently a member of Tamarack, The Pierre Schryer Band, and Fig for a Kiss.

Jerry Donnelly, mandolins and harmony vocals
Born in Hackensack New Jersey and a veteran singer, mandolin, guitar, bodhran and tenor banjo player, Jerry makes his home in Toronto and has gigged all over this fine province. Chances are you’ve seen him at pubs, clubs or concert venues with folk and early music bands like The Sculpins, riverrun and his own Jerry Donnelly Trio. Festivals include the Earth Air Fire and Water Festival in Goderich Ontario, The Mill Race Festival in Cambridge, and North by Northeast in Toronto. Jerry has also played with musicians like Jamie Snider (Tip Splinter, Morgain Le Fay), Rick Fielding and Steve Paul Simms.

James Gordon, accordion, penny whistle, precussion, banjo
Based in Guelph, Ontario, James Gordon is known to many North Americans as the founder of Canada's premier folk group TAMARACK. With this durable trio he toured every corner of the continent, recorded fourteen albums, and made countless television and radio appearances. He has become well known for his original songs about Canada's identity and heritage. He was a regular songwriting contributor to the CBC radio programmes Ontario Morning and Basic Black. He has also released numerous solo albums for adults and children, composed works for symphony orchestras, co-written a popular series of Jim and Dave family musicals and written music for theatre, dance and film. His original folk opera Hardscrabble Road debuted in 2003. His songs have been recorded by a number of other artists including The Cowboy Junkies, Melanie Doane, Hilary Spencer, Al Simmons, Ian Bell and James Keelaghan. This year his song Frobisher Bay was featured on Canada's most successful television program ever, Canadian Idol, and his song Mining For Gold is in the new John Sayles film Silver City starring Kris Kristoferson, Daryl Hannah and Richard Dreyfus. These days James tours North America and Great Britain as a solo act or accompanied by Sandy Horne on bass and Marion Linton on fiddle. Ten years ago he started his own recording studio, Pipe Street Studio, in Guelph, and he's become known as a producer of primarily acoustic roots music there. He has donned his producer’s hat for many notable musicians, including Ian Bell, Brian Pickel, Margaret Christl, Mike Beauchamp, Rick Charboneau, Mary Anderson and Jude Vadala.

Richard Roy, Drums
Rick was raised in the blues rich area of West Hill, and has played in all kinds of bands including The Electric Cellophane Window, Swing Shift Big Band, Pickering Dixieland Band, The Blues Bandits, H.O.G, George Lake Big Band, Swing Time Melodies, and The Red Suspenders Country Band. Career highlights include a recent New Year’s Eve gig with Jesse Cook at the Ottawa Centre for the Arts. Currently he is playing in the acoustic roots blues band Sourpuss, who have just released their first CD and in the Brazilian batteria band Samba Squad who recently won the Canadian Urban Music Award. Besides playing, Rick is also known as Slick Tickler, the author of a mail listing that covers drumming events in the GTA and all things related to rhythm (hmmm…).

Geoff Summers, mandolin, violin
Geoff Somers holds an honours degree in music, played as a first violinist with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the bluegrass band Blue Mule for 18 years. While with Blue Mule, Geoff performed extensively on the bluegrass and folk festival circuits in Canada and the United States. Their album Suits‘n Boots was voted Album of the Year at the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards in 1995. Geoff has been accompanying David Francey since December 1999. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist. His approach to David's music is both insightful and inspired, weaving instrument and voice together to produce a sound that frames the lyrics perfectly. Geoff appears on David's latest CD, Right of Passage. He is also a member of Allison Lupton’s band whose latest CD, Fly Like Swallows, was also recorded at James Gordon’s Pipe Street Studios.

Katherine Wheatley, harmony and background vocals
Katherine has been a regular at folk festivals, concert series and clubs across Canada since the release of her first CD. As well as her own career, she is a member of the Toronto band, Betty and the Bobs and is a guitarist in Wendell Ferguson’s trio “The Smoking Section” With offhand wit, vibrant lyrics and an infectious passion for performing, Katherine has been captivating audiences everywhere she performs. Her first CD, Straight Line, produced by John Switzer, spent 17 weeks on Sam's Top Ten Independent Charts. Katherine's second CD, Habits and Heroes, was produced by David Travers-Smith. She has been a featured vocalist on Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe, as well as a musical guest on Morningside with Peter Gzowski, This Morning with Bernard St. Laurent, TVO's Studio Two, and CBC Radio's Vicki Gabareau Show. She performed her song "On A Beach In France" on CTV's Canada AM and Good Morning Canada to commemorate the anniversary of Dieppe.

David Woodhead, electric bass
Best known for his melodic and personal style on the fretless electric bass, David Woodhead has explored much musical territory on his own and with other notable travelers. His creative instrumental work has appeared on over 150 albums in the contemporary folk field, including Stan Rogers’ first two albums and CDs by very original instrumentalists Don Ross and Oliver Schroer, as well as vocalists Loreena McKennitt, Ron Hynes, Brent Titcomb, Valdy and Mary-Jane Lamond. Always busy on the studio, concert, and festival scene, David has recently been performing live as a solo artist and with Betty and the Bobs, Scott Merritt, and Anne Lindsay, along with many others as a freelancer. He has been one of the most frequently appearing musicians at Toronto’s Hugh’s Room, not to mention practically every contemporary folk venue and festival in Canada. David completed his CD “Sweets and Conundrums” in 1999.

Alyssa Wright, cello
Cellist, singer-songwriter Alyssa Wright combines the soul of jazz with the technical facility of her classical training, transcending the artificial confines of genre and constantly pushing boundaries both real and imagined. Performing with a wide variety of groups such as alt- rock band Adam’s Rib, folk group the Tim Harrison Trio, and chamber jazz duo Naffin & Wright. Alyssa has performed in a variety of venues from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island, including Massey Hall, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Molson Amphitheatre, Second City Theatre, Harbourfront Centre and DuMaurier Downtown Jazz Festivals. She has warmed up audiences to such acts as Sting, Great Big Sea and Stevie Nicks. Dark Waters – Alyssa’s debut CD as a solo artist and has received airplay on the CBC, and folk radio programmes in Canada, the U.S.A., and overseas.

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Amanda Strong, photography

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